Degree Planning and Academic Review

Evaluation of Prior College-Level Learning

Advanced standing credit is available for prior college-level learning verified by one of the following:

Transcript Evaluation

Credits earned at other regionally accredited colleges and universities that are validated by an official transcript are available for inclusion in students' degree programs.

Standardized Examinations

Credit may be earned through the demonstration of college-level learning on proficiency examinations offered by a number of testing services.

Evaluations of Noncollegiate Sponsored Learning: Pre-evaluated Training, Credentials, Certificates and Licenses

Credit is awarded for the completion of learning that has been evaluated by Empire State College, the American Council on Education (ACE) or the National College Credit Recommendation Services (National CCRS), formerly known as the National Program on Noncollegiate Sponsored Instruction (National PONSI). These organizations have evaluated college-level training programs, credentials and licenses from government agencies, the military and the private sector.

Evaluations of Military Training and Occupations

Many areas of military training and occupations have been evaluated for college-level credit through the American Council on Education (ACE). Empire State College accepts credit recommendation for any military training or occupation that has been evaluated by ACE.

Individualized Expert Evaluation

Credit is awarded for verifiable college level learning acquired through work, life experience or independent reading and study. Individual evaluation by experts accounts for much of the credit by evaluation at Empire State College. For each topic for which you are requesting credit, you will write a description of what you know and how you acquired this learning. The College arranges for an expert on the topic who will review and evaluate your learning.